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Cameroon:journalist arrested in Bafoussam for violating curfew

A journalist was on Saturday night arrested in Bafoussam, headquarter of the West region in Cameroon for violating a curfew imposed by local authorities, sources have confirmed.

Joseph Olinga, Journalist and bureau chief of Le Messager newspaper in Bafoussam was picked up at about 11.30pm and taken under custody by security forces, sources said.

His arrest comes after the Divisional Officer of the Bafoussam I sub division signed an order instructing all drinking spot, gaming centres and businesses to shut down at 9pm on November 3.

The journalist is said to have been picked up in one of the popular drinking spots as security offciers were moving about to enforce the measure.

Security has been heightened in the city of Bafousam as authorities look to contain any gathering or protests that could be staged by supporters of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement who continue to dispute the results of the Presidential election with just over 48 hours before Paul Biya is innaugurated.

Published on 10.02.2021

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